Retailers sitting on record orders for EVs
19 May 2019
Retailers are preparing to handle record numbers of buyers who have paid deposits or registered expressions of interest as buyers queue up to take delivery of new EV models.
Volkswagen has already taken 15,000 registrations for the ID.3, more than half the pre-order volume, across Europe and for the first time in the UK market is allowing customers to secure an early place in the rhd order book with a deposit.
Although the company wouldn’t give figures saying they are `commercially sensitive’ Patrick McGillycuddy, head of sales, Volkswagen UK, told Agenda: “The ID.3 is a remarkably important car for both Volkswagen and our retailers. For the first time we have offered interested potential customers the chance to pre-order the car. For £750, it is possible to prioritise your place on the car’s ordering schedule when it becomes open for order. Preparation across the network is crucial.”
MG has more than 800 expressions of interest for its ZS EV due on sale on 1 September, the most it has ever had for a pre-launched model, Peugeot says it has had a `very positive’ response to its forthcoming e-208 and Hyundai is sitting on an order bank of around 2,000 for its Kona EV.
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